Tres Leches Recipe (Three-Milk Cake)

Tres Leches Recipe (Three-Milk Cake): Impossible to resist. Word. There's a reason why it's so popular!
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6 large portions
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 1 tablespoon of butter to butter pan
  • 1 tablespoon of flour to butter pan
  • 3 medium eggs , separated eggs and yolks
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter (1/2 sticks) at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ~For garnishing:
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cups of sweetened , condensed milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Strawberries or cherries for decoration (optional)


  • Butter and flour a baking pan (3" height x 9" diameter [7.5 cm heigh x 22.5 cm diam]).
  • Heat oven to 350 °F [175 °C].
  • Using the wire whisk of your mixer beat the whites until they form peaks. Add half the sugar and beat until it is incorporated. Pour into a large bowl and reserve.
  • Using the paddle attachment of your mixer beat butter and yolks for 3 minutes at medium high speed.
  • Add the remaining sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy and has a very light yellow color (about 5 mins). Add vanilla extract then slowly add the flour and baking powder until it's well-mixed. Remove from the mixer.
  • Add 1/3 of the egg whites. Using a spatula, fold in the egg whites into the flour mix. Add the remaining white in two steps folding in each time with the spatula.
  • Pour batter into the baking pan.
  • Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and it has a golden color on top (about 35 mins).
  • Cool to room temperature before removing from the pan. Place on a lipped plate that can hold the milk sauce.

For the garnish

  • Mix evaporated, skim and condensed milk. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • Poke holes into the cake using a fork. Pour the milk mixture on top of the cake and let it soak in. Bathing it regularly until it has absorbed half of the liquid (one to two hours) keeping in the refrigerator all this time.
  • Chill the mixer bowl and wire whisk before the next step.
  • Beat the whipping cream over medium high speed until it starts to form peaks (about 3 mins).
  • Add the powdered sugar and beat until it is mixed in, but careful not to overdo it or the cream will turn into butter.
  • Spread the whipped cream on the chilled cake and decorate with strawberries or cherries.
  • Chill for another 10 minutes before serving


This recipe was re-written to add new pictures, measurements in both metric and imperial system, and use the new recipe standard in our blog.